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Henry Watkinson

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Henry is an Associate in our Dispute Resolution team and advises in respect of both civil and criminal matters.

He acts for both individuals and corporate clients in respect of investigations by the full range of UK authorities and regulators. These include investigations into bribery and corruption, money laundering, competition law and allegations of fraud. Henry’s practice extents to advising corporate clients in respect of compliance programmes. He also advises individuals in respect of police investigations and criminal prosecutions.


Henry also has experience in large-scale, complex multi-jurisdictional litigation in the Business and Property Courts and Court of Appeal. He has an expertise in the day to day functioning of the London civil law courts and has appeared before Masters of the High Court.

Henry is recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2024 and described as “one to watch”. The Spear’s Criminal Law and White Collar Crime Index 2024 ranks Henry as “Recommended” with a focus on defence and investigations.

Qualified 2020, joined Payne Hicks Beach 2022.


  • Advising multi billion pound defence contractor in respect of a supply chain bribery investigation.
  • Advising company director in respect of 8 counts of fraud by misrepresentation.
  • Advising financial service provider in respect of allegations of breaches to prohibitions under the Competition Act 1998.
  • Watchstone Group Plc v Quob Park Estate Ltd & Ors – [2017] EWHC 2621 (Ch)
  • Blue Tropic Ltd & Anor v Chkhartishvili – [2016] EWCA Civ 1259
  • Goremsandu v Thomas & Ors – [2019] EWHC 2397 (Ch)
  • Marz Ltd v Bank of Scotland PLC (2017)